Olive M. Rudie, 94, of rural Coon Valley died Friday February 22, 2019 at Norseland Nursing Home in Westby. She was born March 17, 1924 to Edwin and Minnie (Karlstad) Blihovde. She graduated from Westby High School. On July 26, 1952 she married Kenneth Rudie. They farmed in the town of Coon on the Rudie farm until 1956, when they moved to the town of Hamburg where they farmed the Blihovde farm. Olive worked part time at the Coon Valley Sales Barn. She was an active member of the Coon Valley Lutheran Church, the Coon Valley American Legion Auxiliary, Norskedalen and the Hamburg Election Board. Olive was an excellent cook and enjoyed baking – especially cookies.
Survivors include her son, Lee of Coon Valley; 2 grandsons, John (Sara Paulson) of Coon Valley and Shawn (Heather) of Norway, Iowa; 5 great grandchildren, Taylor, Jacob, Mia, Sierra and Sawyer; 1 great great grandchild, Sadie; 1 sister, Marylou Stigen and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Kenneth in 1994; daughter-in-law, Mary; 2 sisters, Eunice Pederson and Elaine Steenburg.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday February 27, 2019 at the Coon Valley Lutheran Church. Rev. Julie Wollman will officiate with burial in the church cemetery. A visitation will be held at the church from 10 a.m. until service time. The Seland Funeral Home is assisting the family. Online condolences may be given at selandsfuneralhome.com. Memorials may be directed to the Coon Valley Lutheran Church, Norskedalen or the Coon Valley American Legion Auxiliary.
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